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January 25th, 2020

‘Saturday Night Live’: Adam Driver Plays Jeffrey Epstein in Hell With Jon Lovitz as Alan Dershowitz (Watch) – Variety

January 25th, 2020

The 45th season of “Saturday Night Live” has been on hiatus for a month, and what a month it has been. The last episode aired just days after Donald Trump was impeached, and this week alone saw House impeachment managers presenting their case on why it would threaten the country’s security for him to stay in office. Naturally, the late-night sketch show addressed that from the moment it returned.

Former cast member Jon Lovitz stepped back into Studio 8H to play Alan Dershowitz in the Jan. 25 cold open. He started out by prepping to address the Senate but then ended up in hell — and when he did, he was visited by his former client, Jeffrey Epstein (as played by episode host Adam Driver).

“It’s wonderful to be here — because I’m not welcome anywhere else,” Lovitz’s Dershowitz said. “There’s a lot of haters out there for no good reason, but I like I said to my client and my dear friend Jeffrey Epstein, haters gonna hate.”

He then went on to rehearse a speech he planned to give the Senate, comparing Donald Trump to “another client of mine, Sir O.J. Simpson.”

Cecily Strong, as Senator Susan Collins, asked him not to mention his previous clients in connection with the president because “it’s not a great look.”

“If I learned one thing from my time with accused wife-murderer Claus von Bulow,” he said, “it’s that appearances can be deceiving. Trump couldn’t possibly be guilty.”

But before he could say why, his heart gave out and the sketch followed him down to hell, where Kate McKinnon as the devil said she would be sending him back up to Earth in a minute, but first she wanted to meet him because she’s “a huge fan.

“No seriously, you’re the G.O.A.T. And I should know, that’s what my legs are made of,” she said, adding that she was going to fangirl out on him.

McKinnon’s devil sat down with Lovitz’s Dershowitz for an episode of her podcast. (“I invented them,” she said, which is ironic considering McKinnon previously told Variety how much she actually loves podcasts.) Her first question was how he came up with the Trump defense, considering years ago he said one doesn’t need a crime to impeach the president, but now that he is working for him, he says one needs something “crime-like.”

Lovitz’s Dershowitz didn’t answer that question, in part because McKinnon’s devil followed it up so quickly by asking if there was anyone he wouldn’t represent.

“If someone is famous enough to get me on TV, it’s all good,” he replied.

“I used to let nobodies into hello, but now it’s all influencers,” she followed.

When Driver’s Epstein stopped by, he told Lovitz’s Dershowitz that he loves what he’s been doing for Trump. “All we get down here is Fox News, and it’s been a joy to see you work,” he said.

After McKinnon’s devil noted she appears differently to different people, Driver’s Epstein said to him she looks like “a woman my own age.”

Joining that trio was Bowen Yang as the guy who “wrote ‘Baby Shark’” (Kim Min-seok), Heidi Gardner’s “Flo from Progressive,” Alex Moffat as Mark Zuckerberg and Mr. Peanut. Beck Bennett portrayed Mitch McConnell.

Later in the episode, Colin Jost summarized the week-in-impeachment news during “Weekend Update.” Meanwhile, Michael Che said he didn’t watch any of the impeachment proceedings — but he did still make jokes about the events. Watch “Weekend Update” below.

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Saturday Night Live” airs live coast-to-coast Saturdays at 11:30 p.m ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

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Southwest Travel Not Recommended – SwiftCurrentOnline.com

January 25th, 2020

Effective immediately, the Swift Current Rural RCMP has deemed highways too unsafe to travel on in the southwest.

A release was sent out Saturday night by the RCMP which states that, due to the winter storm that blanketed the region in a heavy layer of snow and ice, travel is not recommended.

The Swift Current Online newsroom will notify the public once the RCMP and Department of Highways have deemed travel to no longer be hazardous.

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Man shot in northeast Calgary Saturday night: police – Global News

January 25th, 2020

Calgary police have confirmed a 35-year-old man was shot on Saturday night.

The shooting happened on Taravista Drive N.E. just before 8 p.m.

As of 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police were still on scene investigating. At the time, neighbours told Global News they had been instructed to stay inside.

According to EMS, the man was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition.

No other details are known at this time.

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Some Flights Delayed at LAX as Dense Fog Blankets Parts of SoCal Coast, San Gabriel Valley – msnNOW

January 25th, 2020


a view of a city: Fog impedes visibility at the Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 25, 2020.
© Credit: KTLA/TNS Fog impedes visibility at the Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 25, 2020.

Dense fog blanketed much of the Los Angeles County coast early Saturday, causing some delays at the Los Angeles International Airport.

“Please check your flight status with your airline directly,” said a 7:05 a.m. post from LAX’s Twitter account.

Just after 8:20 a.m., the airport said it expected the Federal Aviation Administration to hold LAX-bound planes at other airports through about 1 p.m. to space out incoming flights.

That ground-delay program had been canceled as of around 9:30 a.m., but travelers should still brace for some lingering holdups, LAX officials said. They urged travelers to check their flight status with their airlines.

Visibility at the airport was down to a quarter of a mile, the National Weather Service said on Saturday morning.

According to flight tracking service Flightradar24, LAX was at a ground stop because of an equipment outage compounded by low visibility issues.

“Flights not yet in the air cannot depart for LAX,” Flightrader24 tweeted at 6:47 a.m. “Flights in the air continue, but increasing delays are likely.”

Clarifying the previous tweet — not all airports are affected by the ground stop, so many flights from larger airports are in fact departing. The weather will, however, continue to impact flights and increase delays.

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 25, 2020

The foggy conditions did not appear to disrupt flights at Hollywood Burbank and Long Beach airports, Flightrader24 said.

At the San Diego International Airport, visibility was at 2 1/2 miles as of 7 a.m, according to forecasters. The airport did not announce any possible delays.

Parts of the San Gabriel Valley were also experiencing thick fog, NWS said.

Visibility was at a quarter of a mile or less in portions of San Diego County, including Carlsbad, Miramar, Oceanside and the Brown Field Municipal Airport, forecasters said.

Dense fog with visibility less than 1/2 mile continues to plague sections of the Ventura coast and LA Basin. Here is the Oxnard Plain from the SCEdison webcam at 9am. DF Advisory extended until 10am at least. #CAwx #LAweather pic.twitter.com/9zWo8PSMfE

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) January 25, 2020

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China virus death toll rises to 56, with nearly 2,000 infected – Al Jazeera English

January 25th, 2020

China on Sunday expanded drastic travel restrictions to contain the spread of a new coronavirus that President Xi Jinping said posed a “grave” threat, as the death toll reached 56 and Shanghai reported its first fatality.

China confirmed 1,975 cases of patients infected with the new coronavirus as of January 25, state broadcaster CCTV reported. More than 2,000 people across the world have now been infected.

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The virus, believed to have originated late last year in a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife, has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as elswhere with countries including Singapore, Thailand, Japan, France, the United States and Canada all reporting cases.

China’s Hubei: ‘Epicentre’ of coronavirus

In a worrying sign for containment efforts, Shanghai on Sunday reported its first death from the virus — an 88-year-old man with pre-existing health problems.

China has sealed off Wuhan and other cities in hard-hit Hubei province, affecting tens of millions of people, and is now expanding restrictions to other parts of the country. It also scaled back traditional celebrations for the Lunar New Year, closing major tourist attractions.

The World Health Organisation this week stopped short of calling the outbreak a global health emergency, but some health experts question whether China can continue to contain the epidemic.

Transport restrictions

The outbreak has prompted widening curbs on movement within China, at a time that is usually China’s peak travel season.

Health authorities in Beijing urged people not to shake hands but instead salute using a traditional cupped-hand gesture. The advice was sent in a text message that went out to mobile phone users in the city on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, Canada declared the first “presumptive” confirmed case of the virus in a resident who had returned from Wuhan. The patient, a male in his 50s, arrived in Toronto on January 22 and was hospitalised the next day after developing symptoms of respiratory illness, officials said.

The outbreak has overshadowed the start of the Lunar New Year, which is typically a festive time of year, with public events cancelled and many tourist sites shut. Many people on social media have been calling for the week-long holiday to be extended to help prevent further spread of the virus.

Curbs on movement were stepped up with the northern city of Tianjin announcing plans to suspend all inter-province shuttle buses from January 27, the official People’s Daily reported on Sunday. It will also halt all group tours, both at home and abroad, from Monday.

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The Lunar New Year is China’s biggest holiday but events have been called off in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus [Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo]

On Saturday, Hong Kong declared a virus emergency, scrapped celebrations and restricted links to mainland China, while Australia confirmed its first four cases, Malaysia confirmed four and France reported Europe’s first cases on Friday.

The United States was arranging a charter flight on Sunday to bring its citizens and diplomats back from Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak, the Wall Street Journal reported.

School closures

In Hong Kong, with five confirmed cases, the city’s leader Carrie Lam said flights and high speed rail trips between the city and Wuhan would be halted. Schools in Hong Kong that are currently on Lunar New Year holidays will remain closed until February 17.

Chinese media reported on Sunday that Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park will be closed from January 26. Shanghai Disneyland, which expected 100,000 visitors daily through the Lunar New Year holidays, has already closed.

The newly identified coronavirus has created alarm because so little is known about it. It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.

There are fears transmission could accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during the holiday, although many have cancelled their plans and airlines and railways in China are providing full refunds for tickets.

Airports around the world have stepped up screening of passengers from China, although some health officials and experts have questioned the effectiveness of such screenings.

In an illustration of how such efforts could miss cases, doctors at a Paris hospital said two of the three Chinese nationals in France who have been diagnosed with the virus had arrived in the country without showing any symptoms.

A report by infectious disease specialists at Imperial College, London on Saturday said the epidemic “represents a clear and ongoing global health threat,” adding: “It is uncertain at the current time whether it is possible to contain the continuing epidemic within China.”

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‘On the Record,’ Documentary About Russell Simmons’ Rape Accusations, Premieres to Thunderous Standing Ovation – Variety

January 25th, 2020

On the Record,” a devastating look at many of the women who came forward to accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape and harassment, premiered to not one, but two thunderous standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. The warm reception came as the film has become engulfed in a media firestorm, one sparked by Oprah Winfrey’s decision to remove herself from the project as executive producer. That move left “On the Record,” which had been slated to premiere on Apple’s new streaming platform, without a distributor.

“You’ve seen this film,” Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, an attorney and civil rights advocate who is featured in the movie, said during a question and answer period. “The question is will anyone else see it? So whatever can be brought to bear to make sure that this doesn’t get snuffed out — think of all the history of what has already happened and say never again.”

“On the Record” is directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, who previously collaborated on “The Hunting Ground,” an examination of sexual assault on college campuses. In an interview with the New York Times, Winfrey has acknowledged that she was pressured by Simmons to cut her ties to the film, while insisting she believed the women who accused him of rape and assault. She said she was concerned that the film did not fully deal with inconsistencies in one of Simmons’ accusers accounts. In an emotional Q&A, Winfrey went unnamed, but it was clear that her decision to distance herself from the project had left raw feelings.

“We wanted to thank the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival for their amazing support,” said Ziering shortly before the film unspooled. “For standing strong. For never blinking. These are difficult times and it’s important to stand up for truth and justice.”

Even before the film started, the audience leapt to its feet, signaling their support for the women who spoke out against one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry and for the film that recounted their struggles. “On the Record” has also made waves because it is directed by two white filmmakers while examining the alleged crimes of a black mogul who is accused of raping numerous black women. Drew Dixon, a former music executive, who says that Simmons harassed and raped her, defended the directors.

“A lot of this is about power and ecosystems of power,” said Dixon. “And all of us have kept our stories to ourselves for decades and there are people within that ecosystem who knew our stories. Some of those people are filmmakers. It’s an entertainment industry story after all, right? But nobody told our story. Because the people who knew our story were subject to the same ecosystem. And to me, this is where allies matter. Allies who are not subject to that same dynamic. They have traction that they can use to pull you forward.”

Dixon was one of several survivors who joined Dick and Ziering on stage after the credits rolled. The full house included Rosanna Arquette, an actress who accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment.

“I love this movie,” Arquette said during the Q&A. “I’m so proud of you.”

Dixon acknowledged that watching the film at Sundance marked a seminal point in a long road towards sharing her story with the wider world.

“I feel like this has been like a gestation period and I don’t know if it’s been two years or 22 years, but I feel like the baby has finally been born,” said Dixon. “We are here. We midwifed the baby into the world and it’s just the beginning.”

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January 25th, 2020

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January 25th, 2020

TRIPLE SHOOTING: One dead, two wounded as gunfire erupts in Scarborough – Toronto Sun

January 25th, 2020

Gunshots rang out in Scarborough Saturday night killing one man and leaving two others — a man and a woman — injured.

Toronto Police tweeted about the triple shooting shortly after 9 p.m., explaining the violence occurred near Markham and Kingston Rds.

“One male shot in head is unresponsive,” police said. “Another male shot in chest.”

The tweet also states a female suffered a hand injury that may have been the result of a “ricochet.”

About 20 minutes later police confirmed the victim who was shot in his chest died at the scene.

The man who was shot in the head was rushed to a trauma centre by paramedics, police said, adding the woman’s hand injury was treated at the scene.

In the wake of the shooting, officers cordoned off the parking lot out front of Centro Pizza shop — located on the north side of Kingston rd. just west of Markham Rd. — and numerous evidence markers could be seen on the ground.

Officers were scouring the area with help from police dogs in search of two men seen fleeing the scene on foot.

Last year Toronto endured a record high of 492 shootings.

The city’s latest gun violence unfolded four days after innocent 15-year-old Safiullah Khosrawi was shot to death walking home from high school at Markham and Ellesmere Rds. — about four kilometres north of the triple shooting.

Meanwhile, police also revealed Saturday that a 23-year-old woman who was attacked and stabbed Wednesday night by a man as she walked along a pathway near York University — northwest of Keele St. and Finch Ave. W. — was actually also shot in the ordeal.

The victim suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital.

No arrests have been made in the woman’s attack, the deadly triple shooting or Khosrawi’s murder.

cdoucette@postmedia.com

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